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Home Cinema Choice

Home Cinema Choice December 2019

Home Cinema Choice is the UK's best-selling home cinema enthusiasts magazine. Every issue features news and reviews of the latest home cinema equipment, from amplifiers, receivers, processors and power amps, to DVD recorders, speakers, projectors and flat panel TVs.

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Language:
English
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AV Tech Media Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

Space, as Captain Kirk loved telling us, is the final frontier. You might say the same for home cinema. This issue we take a look at two products designed to better fit into your space – Marantz's slimline NR1710 receiver, and Hisense's H100LDA 'Laser TV' – as the AV industry begins to realise that if you can't beat 'em, you need to join 'em. The reason every house up and down this country doesn't have a home cinema room is the room itself. That's not to say there is no longer a place for no-compromise designs, something perfectly illustrated by the Paradigm Persona speaker system tested this month. Sure, an effort has been made to add style to the Persona cabinets, but the speakers and subwoofer remain very big and very…

1 min.
contributors

John Archer: The experienced TV tester cut his teeth as an early HCC staffer Jon Thompson: Film producer and post-production expert delves into Hollywood and AV Steve May: HCC’s former Ed. is one of the UK’s most respected AV journos Martin Pipe: Technical expert Martin is renown throughout the industry Richard Stevenson: Former Editor of the UK CE trade journal ERT Ed Selley: Audiophile Ed mixes his home cinema passion with a love of vinyl Steve Withers: Movie fan, display calibrator and object-based audio obsessive…

1 min.
bulletin

Channel hopping Arcam AV40 → www.arcam.co.uk Arcam's new AV processor, the AV40, replaces the previous AV860 and updates both the cosmetic design and home cinema-friendly feature set. Channel support expands from 11 to 16, again marshalled by Dirac Live automatic EQ, and the internal DAC is upgraded to an ESS 9026PRO. Specs include Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced support, and seven HDMI 2.0b inputs. For partnering power, Arcam has also launched a trio of amplifiers in 2-, 4- and 7-channel guises. See p10 for more. HCC ONLINE… For breaking AV news, blogs, features and reviews visit www.homecinemachoice.com Follow us on Twitter @hccmag Like us on Facebook facebook.com/homecinemachoice WWW.HOMECINEMACHOICE.COM…

1 min.
chora! chora! chora!

Focal Chora → www.focal.com For the midrange and bass drivers in its new Chora range, Focal introduces a proprietary cone material. Slatefibre, it says, not only gives the Chora 826 and 816 floorstanders (£1,300 and £1,100 per pair), and 806 standmount (£600p/p), a distinctive design – it creates a lighter, more rigid cone for improved dynamics and a reduction in colouration. The three speakers, all bass-reflex designs, also feature Focal's TNF aluminium/magnesium tweeter. 'Home cinema' specific models will follow next year.…

3 min.
echo adds dolby atmos

Amazon has overhauled its Echo smart device lineup, and the highlight is a new flagship model, the Echo Studio, which is the world's first Dolby Atmos-enabled smart speaker. Priced £190 and shipping from November 7 – pre-orders are available at the retailer's website – the Echo Show is a desktop smart speaker with immersive aspirations. Its driver array comprises five units – a 5.25in woofer (tethered to a down-firing bass port), three 2in midrange drivers and a 1in tweeter. Power is rated at 330W peak. 'Echo Studio has been purposefully engineered to create premium sound with space, clarity, and depth,' says Amazon. One of the Echo Studio's mid-range drivers is an upfirer, designed to make the most of Dolby Atmos music sources. Such immersive content is a feature of Amazon's newly announced Amazon…

1 min.
playlist…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4K BD) Homework before the release of…Rise of Skywalker, Rian Johnson's fresh-feeling sci-fi benefits from a slick 4K HDR encode. 48 Hrs. (Blu-ray) Classic 1982 caper from writer/director Walter Hill, but it deserves a better BD than Paramount's barebones 2011 release. Speed (Sky Cinema) A chance encounter with this 1994 high-concept thriller reminded us just how brilliant it is. Rocketman (4K BD) Don't go breaking my heart? This 4K platter's dazzling HDR encode (including Dolby Vision) couldn't even if it tried… Rabid [2019] (Blu-ray) The Soska Sisters scare up an unexpectedly worthy reimagining of the 1977 David Cronenberg movie.…